This booklet has been prepared by the Renton School District Transportation Department for students, parents and/or guardians. It provides useful information concerning bus riding and walking procedures to and from school or bus stops, rules for students while riding a bus, and emergency procedures.
Thank you for helping us make your child’s ride a safe and pleasant experience.
Renton School District buses meet or exceed federal and state regulations and they are inspected annually by the State Patrol. Our buses have high-backed, energy-absorbing seats to provide compartmentalized protection giving students a confined, cushioned area. Tests have proven that children are safer in buses when sitting properly in these seats than in seat belts. Our buses are all of high-quality construction and maintained to provide the safest ride possible.
All Renton School District bus drivers must complete a state-required training program, including classroom and behind-the-wheel training. Drivers must submit to an FBI and WSP fingerprint background check, have a commercial driver’s license, a current first-aid/CPR card, and meet Federal Department of Transportation physical requirements. They must pass pre-employment drug tests and submit to random drug and alcohol tests on a regular basis. The school district provides additional mandatory and optional training workshops throughout the school year.
Many students begin and end their day with a school bus ride. Student safety is the driver's primary concern. Proper loading, unloading, and enforcement of bus riding rules, are the driver's tools for safety.
The transportation department determines bus stops following guidelines and laws pertinent to safety and hazardous conditions in compliance with Renton School District’s Policy #6600, Washington Administrative Codes (WAC) and Revised Codes of Washington (RCW).
Maximum walking distances are:
1 mile radius
Exceptions to the maximum distances may be applied when:
Bus stops will be established to avoid travel on: roads not publicly maintained, gated communities, or private driveways/roads.
Students who require special transportation will be picked up and dropped off as close to their home as is practicable, depending on their maturity, age, and disability. Special education students will be assigned to a regular route whenever possible.
All students residing in the Renton School District will receive a post card in August regardless if they are a bus rider or not. Students eligible for transportation will be automatically assigned to their route. Students are recommended to carry their Post Cards and be prepared to present it to the bus driver upon request.
Students must be waiting at their designated stop location five (5) minutes prior to the scheduled arrival of the bus. School and transportation schedules do not allow drivers to wait at a stop location for students to arrive. School buses are scheduled to leave the stop at the listed route time.
Similarly, any parent/guardian that elects to meet their student at the afternoon bus stop must be waiting at the bus stop location at least five (5) minutes prior to the scheduled drop off time. Drivers are not permitted to delay bus routes and cannot wait for a student’s parent/guardian. School buses are scheduled to leave the stop at the listed route time.
If your child is the only student picked up at a stop location, it is very important that you contact Transportation at 425-204-4455 if your child is staying home. If the driver attempts a pick-up for three (3) days, and the student is not there, the driver will not attempt a pick-up until Transportation is notified that the student needs transportation again.
Students must use the same bus assignment every day during the school year.To change an assigned bus and/or bus stop for the day, students must obtain a bus pass from the school office. If there is a permanent change for your student, please notify your school to obtain a bus assignment. Permanent changes may take up to five (5) school days to process.
Renton School District’s school-bus-conduct policy and rules are in accordance with Washington State WAC’s and RCW’s, all of which will be enforced whether or not they are included in the following regulations. These regulations are designed to assure every student safe transportation to and from school and school-sponsored activities. Violation of these rules may be sufficient reason to discontinue bus transportation privileges for the student involved.
Any violation of these rules may be sufficient reason to discontinue bus-transportation privileges to the student involved and could possibly result in suspension or expulsion from school as well as criminal charges.
Discipline procedures are designed to assure every student's safe transportation to and from school and school-sponsored activities. Violations of the rules on a bus, at a bus stop, or at a loading area, may be sufficient reason to discontinue bus transportation privileges.
Drivers must deal with those riders who threaten the safety of themselves or other students, or behave in a way that will distract the driver. The driver/district liaison will attempt to find a way to alleviate the problem. Should the discipline problem continue, the driver will issue the student a Bus Incident Report.
Bus Incident Reports must be signed and returned to the driver the next day. Students in grades 6-12 will be denied bus-riding privileges until the report is signed and returned. Parents/guardians will be notified by mail or telephone prior to any service suspension.
Buses are provided with continuous-operation video and audio cameras for the purpose of safety and assisting the driver in student management. Discipline sanctions can be imposed based on video and audio camera evidence.
All transported students must participate in emergency exit drills. Two actual drills on school property are required annually. One verbal drill is also required.
The drivers are responsible for training the students and conducting the drills. To be prepared for an actual emergency, each child is encouraged to exit the bus without the aid of the bus driver. The students are instructed how to use the emergency exits, seek help, find a safe location away from the bus, and locate and use emergency equipment.
Occasionally, a bus route cannot be run on its normal schedule due to an emergency other than weather. Due to the extreme unpredictability of non-weather emergencies and natural disasters, no plan can be all inclusive. Therefore, drivers are trained to use self-control and good judgment. Parents should encourage their children to remain calm and know that the driver will put the passengers' safety above all else.
When a route (to or from school) is interrupted by such things as road construction, traffic accidents, earthquake, etc., communications may be difficult and slow. Be assured that students will be left in a safe location with adult supervision or where it is reasonable to assume they can safely reach their home or school.
There are options that both parents and students need to know.
Parents should instruct children where to go and what to do if a parent is not at the bus stop or at home. Also, students who indicate to the driver that they are frightened or confused will not be forced off the bus in an unfamiliar area. Parents should instruct children where to go and what to do if a parent is not at the stop or at home. Please make arrangements with an older child or neighbor for supervision in the event of an emergency.
Safety is our first consideration. Prepare your children for the unexpected. Develop an emergency plan for your family to cover unscheduled situations.
Informational bulletins for emergency weather conditions are distributed annually to all Renton School District bus riders. Refer to the Renton School District website for Emergency Stop locations. During inclement weather check radio and television stations for up-to-the-minute school district schedules. Monitor these stations for changes in school hours or bus service. Or, if you prefer, go to http://flashalert.net/news.html?id=4292 for the latest updates.
During severe weather, please be sure your child is dressed properly in case of unexpected traffic problems, late-arriving buses, or the need to walk to or from a different stop location.
Remember, if limited transportation is provided due to weather conditions in the morning, students will be dropped off at the same location in the afternoon.
Again, be assured that no student will be forced to leave the bus if he/she appears to be confused or frightened. Generally, drivers will contact our dispatch and the student will be returned to their school or to the transportation office. Every attempt will be made to contact the parent. Please be certain you have good contact telephone numbers for us!